Durbin, Bustos Want E-Cigarette Regulations

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Nearly two million teens in the U.S. say they have tried electronic cigarettes according to a National Youth Tobacco Survey. Now some local lawmakers are trying to use their capitol clout to make sure e-cigs stay out of our kids hands.

Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin and Congresswoman Cheri Bustos have co-sponsored legislation calling on the Federal Trade Commission to force e-cigarettes companies to change the way they are marketing their products.

The democrats say the companies are advertising to teenagers at concerts, sporting events. Bustos says the products candy and fruit flavors appeal to kids.

Durbin says e-cigarettes companies are being allowed to get children hooked.

"we want to protect our kids we don't want them to make bad decisions that will hurt them later on. If kids get hooked on e-cigarettes and the nicotine addiction that comes and then they turn to real cigarettes and tobacco products it doesn't look very good for them and ultimately they are going to be hurt," Durbin said.

Durbin and Bustos along with five other lawmakers have also sent a letter to the Food and Drug Administration asking it to regulate the e-cigarettes industry.

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